Festival of Outdoor and Street Theaters FETA 2022 in Przymorze Wielki Kultura Service

After a two-year hiatus, the International Festival of Outdoor and Street Theaters Feta returns. This time, the arena of artistic activity will be Przymorze and Park Reeagana.

photo: Edyta Steć / Trojmiasto.pl

The International Festival of Outdoor and Street Theaters FETA is fast approaching. Over four days, nearly 20 theaters from Poland, Spain, Lithuania, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Israel will perform. The FETA will take place this time in Przymorze and Reagan Park and will last from 7 to 10 July.

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After two years of pandemic break International Festival of Outdoor and Street Theaters FETA returns to Gdansk. It is one of the largest and most important open-air theater events in Poland. Since 1997, the event allows Gdask residents and tourists to get acquainted with the most valuable phenomena and trends in Polish and global street and dance theater. Every year the event attracts thousands of people to different parts of Gdansk.

This time, the area for the presentation of theaters from all over Europe is the proximity of the green Przymorze and the coast Reagan Park† All events must fit into the space of nature, along with a dynamically developing city.

Photos from the FETA festival from previous years

The author of this year's festival identifier is Sylwester Kluszczyński.

The author of this year’s festival identifier is Sylwester Kluszczyński.

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Nature is also reflected in the theme of festival performances. Often they will talk about the threats and potential of civilization coexisting with nature, the climate threat and challenges that we as an urban community are trying to address today – including the idea of ​​hospitality, towards refugees and incomes. The most pressing subjects are told with an enormous dose of absurd humor by mimes, circus artists, dancers, performers and puppeteersthat amuse audiences around the world.

Thanks to theater companies from Poland and abroad, FETA participants can see the spaces known from everyday walks from a completely new perspective. Maybe it will be an incentive to spend more time with nature and you can hear people that we have not noticed or wanted to notice until now.

The festival program includes large open-air shows, intimate performances on the border of new circus art, as well as dance theatre, movement, new media and puppet shows, using animated form. These are proposals for children, adults and people with no age limit. Theater performers from Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Lithuania and Israel come to Gdańsk.

The festival opens with “Eurydyka”, the latest performance of the Biuro Podróży Theater in Poznańthat arose during the pandemic. It is an artistic response to the threat of separation caused by the departure of a loved one. The performance recalls the fate of two timeless heroes: Orpheus and Eurydice. Their love is stronger than death. Orpheus, unable to cope with the loss of his beloved, decides to go to Hell to look for her. The image of what is on the other side of life mixes with reality. Teatr Biuro Podróży was founded in 1988 by Paweł Szkotak. The theater group creates and realizes large-scale open-air theater about social and political issues. In his artistic work he emphasizes physical theatre, theater of image, metaphor and the power of music. They have performed their performances in more than 60 countries around the world.

He will also perform at this year’s Feta Adrian Schvarzstein, an Argentine-born actor, circus director and energetic performer-showman, who festival audiences can associate with collaborations with artists such as Kamchatka or the Wandering Orchestra, whose performances delighted Gdansk audiences. Schvarzstein has been making street theater in various formats for more than 25 years. At this year’s Feta, he performs in a duet with Lithuanian dancer and actress Jurate Sirvyte-Rukstelė. “Arrived” tells the story of two newcomers from the not so distant past, their joint workwhich originated during an artist-in-residence in Sri Lanka. During the performance, the artists go deep into the city to surprise passers-by, creating absurd and surreal situations.

Another theater coming to Gdańsk in July is Dutch Company DaaDwho creates performances on the border between visual arts and theatre. The attention of the viewers is attracted by beautiful and memorable images, physical actions of the actors, and the performances are prepared without words. Their projects are poetic, nostalgic and fairytale-like, with elements of slapstick and absurd humour. At Feta they present the show “Boat”, full of surreal and humorous scenes. It is a story about two fishermen who went on a journey by boat. During their journey they encounter all kinds of problems that can be expected at sea.

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The show “Kickstart” by the Finnish group Arctic Ensemble will have its Polish premiere at the festival. The performance is presented in the New Circus trend. This is the story of six friends who got stuck in the middle of nowhere during an unpredictable Scandinavian summer. The challenge is to pitch a tent in the woods when mosquitoes attack, and complete successive failures while hitchhiking. However, the heroes take their time and try to enjoy the moment of freedom that is given to them. The show draws a lot of inspiration from Finnish idiosyncrasies and culture. For example, the banquine dance is inspired by Finnish folk dances and the hand-to-hand acrobatics are inspired by Lavatanssi, Finnish ballroom dancing.

He will visit Gdansk again Circo PitangaThe Swiss theater is known to FETA viewers for its funny performances full of phenomenal acrobatics. At this year’s festival edition he will present a performance “marriage ropes”, also in the New Circus trend. It tells of a carefree couple getting ready for the wedding. Rush and stress get them caught up in a comedy of mistakes and clowning.

Of course, these are not all theaters that will present themselves at the FECA this year. Gdańsk will also be visited by, among others Cal y Canto Teatro from Spain if German Theater Titanick† The detailed program of the festival will be announced shortly.

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